Local 4-H programs showcased at Glenwood Library [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and lots of sports teams are wearing pink to commemorate breast cancer awareness, but did you know that the first full week in October was also green for National 4-H Week?

If you go to the Glenwood Library this month you will see the front showcase decorated for the Howard County 4-H Program.

Jennifer Brigante designed and created the display on behalf of the Happy Hounds 4-H Club, the Howard County Beef 4-H Club and the West Friendship Livestock 4-H Club.

If you are interested in learning more about the movement of positive change that is 4-H, go to extension.umd.edu/howard-county.

The Howard County Office of University of Maryland Extension is offering Master Gardener training for new and experienced gardeners. Training is scheduled to run from Wednesday, Jan. 22, through Monday, March 31. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Extension Office in Ellicott City. Cost of the training is $195.

The mission of the Master Gardeners is to provide education to consumers. Anyone with a keen interest in gardening, especially those with writing, graphic or computer skills, is encouraged to apply. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 25. To receive a registration packet, call the Howard County Extension Office at 410-313-2707. Class size is limited.

The Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry is open Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 to 10 a.m. to serve those in need of grocery assistance in Howard County. Both Howard County Food Bank and privately donated items are given out. Glenelg United Methodist Church is on Burntwoods Road in Glenelg. Call 410-489-7260 for more information.

The Howard County PTA is sponsoring a coat drive to provide families in our community with winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Collection boxes can be found at Glenwood Middle School, Folly Quarter Middle School and Bushy Park Elementary School. Adult and children's sized coats should be clean and ready to wear. Donations will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 21.

The String Thing Concert will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Glenelg High School Auditorium. Glenwood Middle School Orchestra will perform their side by side concert with the Glenelg High School Orchestra. Tickets can be purchased from an orchestra member.

There will be an Octoberfeast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. The dinner will be donated by Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille in the Inwood Shopping Center. Proceeds benefit the youth program at St. Andrew's Church, which will send teens on Pilgrimage 2015.

The dinner will cost $9 per person with a maximum of $30 per family. Children five and under are free. You can dine in or carry out. For more information about the feast or the youth program, call Lynne Quinn at 410-442-5445 or email lynnequinn@comcast.net. She can also add you to the email list to receive information about upcoming dinners.

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